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Latest Sightings:

Great Blue Heron and Mallard at Hager Pond

April 17, 2019

A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron and a mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Osprey and Painted Turtles in Hopkinton

April 17, 2019

An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Painted turtles at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Painted turtles at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an osprey at its nest and painted turtles at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Bald Eagle in Framingham

April 16, 2019

A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

April 16, 2019

A Canada goose on a nest at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose on a nest at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a nesting Canada goose, a common grackle, and a red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Cowbird in Southborough

April 16, 2019

A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

April 15, 2019

A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a common grackle and a pair of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Hawk and Bluebird in Southborough

April 11, 2019

An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern bluebird and a red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

April 10, 2019

A bald eagle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A male house sparrow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A male house sparrow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female house sparrow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female house sparrow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A male northern shoveler at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A male northern shoveler at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female northern shoveler at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female northern shoveler at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an immature bald eagle, a pair of house sparrows, a pair of northern shovelers, and a red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Herons and Cormorants in Southborough

April 10, 2019

Great blue herons and a double-crested cormorant at their nests on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.
Great blue herons and a double-crested cormorant at their nests on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.
Double-crested cormorants at their nests on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.
Double-crested cormorants at their nests on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Steve Forman photographed great blue herons and double-crested cormorants at their nests on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Birds at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough

April 9, 2019

A common merganser on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common merganser on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common merganser on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common merganser on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons and double-crested cormorants at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons and double-crested cormorants at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a pair of common mergansers, great blue herons, and double-crested cormorants at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Robins and a hawk in Southborough

April 9, 2019

American robins at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American robins at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with an eastern chipmunk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with an eastern chipmunk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American robins and a red-tailed hawk with a chipmunk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

White-tailed Deer in Framingham

April 9, 2019

White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed Deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these white-tailed deer in Framingham.

Woodchuck in Lincoln

April 9, 2019

A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this woodchuck in Lincoln.

Red-winged Blackbird in Lincoln

April 8, 2019

A red-winged blackbird at a feeder in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A red-winged blackbird at a feeder in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this red-winged blackbird at his feeder in Lincoln.

Backyard Birds in Framingham

April 5, 2019

A brown-headed cowbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mourning doves in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mourning doves in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a brown-headed cowbird, a downy woodpecker, and mourning doves near his home in Framingham.

Vernal Pool Life in Bolton

April 5, 2019

A spotted salamander in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spotted salamander in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spotted salamander in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spotted salamander in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spotted salamander in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spotted salamander in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Spotted salamander eggs at a vernal pool in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Spotted salamander eggs at a vernal pool in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Spotted salamander eggs at a vernal pool in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Spotted salamander eggs at a vernal pool in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Wood frog eggs at a vernal pool in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Wood frog eggs at a vernal pool in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer photographed a spotted salamander, spotted salamader eggs, and wood frog eggs at a vernal pool in Bolton.

Birds in Southborough

April 4, 2019

A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of house sparrows at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of house sparrows at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a black-capped chickadee, a pair of house sparrows, and a northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Great Blue Herons in Southborough

April 4, 2019

Great blue herons over the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
Great blue herons over the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed these great blue herons over the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

White-tailed Deer in Framingham

April 4, 2019

A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed a white-tailed deer in Framingham.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

April 3, 2019

A European starling at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A European starling at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a European starling, a northern cardinal, a northern flicker, a red-tailed hawk, and a red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Northern Shovelers in Marlborough

April 3, 2019

A male northern shoveler on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A male northern shoveler on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female northern shoveler on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female northern shoveler on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of northern shovelers on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of northern shovelers on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a pair of northern shovelers on Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds in Southborough

April 2, 2019

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a black-capped chickadee, a song sparrow, and a turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Great Blue Heron in Lincoln

April 2, 2019

A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Lincoln.

Black-capped chickadee in Southborough

April 1, 2019

A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Tree Swallow in Marlborough

April 1, 2019

A tree swallow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tree swallow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a tree swallow at Hager Pond in Marlborough.